Date of Award

Spring 2008

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Bruce Dorsey


Odle’s thesis examines the ways the Native Americans and Quakers in Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries evoked memories and history, particularly of the founding of Pennsylvania, as a basis for friendship and peace. She interprets this nostalgia as part of a revitalization movement in both cultures after the Seven Years’ War. Drawing on research from Quaker libraries at Swarthmore and Haverford and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, she argues that the war forced Quakers to reconcile pacifism with political leadership in Pennsylvania, and afterwards, the myth of William Penn contributed to paternalistic and complacent attitudes of Quakers towards Native Americans.